Kelle Patterson – Maiden Voyage (1973) (2020 Black Jazz / RGM) – 12 Days of Xmas, Day 1

Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage
Vinyl transfer in 24-bit/192 kHz | 300 dpi scans | Jazz, Vocal Jazz
2020 Real Gone Music RGM-1189/ Original Release 1973 Black Jazz

Welcome to what might become a new tradition here: Flabbergasted Vibes’ Twelve Days of Christmas.  There’s been a ton of great music that has helped me get through the last year, and although I don’t have as much time to write about it as I did once upon a time, I’d still like to spread the word and the joy, hence this “holiday event” with some short and sweet blog posts.  In 2021, reissue label Real Gone Music finished putting out the rest of the Black Jazz catalog, the first time this significant body of work has received a legitimate reissue campaign. This Kellee Patterson album was resissued last year, and is a singular entry in the catalog of Black Jazz records – a set of sweet and soulful vocal jazz. She would go on to make some solid jazz-funk-disco albums later in the decade, but nothing that sounded quite like this.   Note that the title track is the classic by Herbie Hancock with the addition of lyrics.  The reissue features informative liner notes from Pat Thomas, but unlike the original releases, these are not also pressed as quadrophonic discs.

A1 Magic Wand Of Love 3:32

Written-By – Earl DeRoun

A2 Look At The Child 3:37

Written-By – J. Lehman

A3 Soul Daddy (Lady) 2:37

Written-By – Don Sebesky

A4 Maiden Voyage 5:15

Music By – H. Hancock
Written By [Wds] – J. Harvey

B1 Don’t Misunderstand 4:17

Written-By – J. Parks

B2 See You Later 3:58

Written-By – J. Nunez

B3 You 2:58

Written-By – Lani Hall

B4 Be All Your Own 1:47

Written-By – J. Lehman


Artwork – Bud Doty
Bass [Fender] – Henry Davis
Congas, Triangle – Sajih
Design Concept – PGM (3)
Double Bass [String Bass] – John W. Heard
Flute – George Harper
Piano – Ernest Van Trease
Producer – Gene Russell
Tambourine – John Lasalle
Triangle – Billy Osbourne
Trumpet – Everett Turner

Recorded in Hollywood Spectrum Studios, Los Angeles, California

My notes

Dig it!

LINEAGE: 2020 Real Gone Music / Black Jazz RGM-1104 vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Technica Signet TK7E cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest Black Mamba and Pangea Premier interconnect cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; clicks and pops removed manually with Adobe Audition 3.0; resampled and dithered using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.

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  1. The Link for 24~192 is not correct, it is actually a link to 24~96.
    Thanks for all your posts.
    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

  2. I’ve grabbed the 24-96 and it sounds lovely. This is quite a find. Lately I’ve found myself more drawn to vocal jazz and musicians who do not play ‘straight’ jazz but who work jazz elements (time signatures, chord progressions, etc.) into their music (be it pop, rock, soul, or whatever). In short, this fits perfectly with my current listening mood. Massive thanks for this. I’ll move to Airto next. All the best and happy 2022 to you and yours, flabber.

  3. Very curious to hear Maiden Voyage’s lyrics and to hear Kellee who I don’t think I’ve ever heard or at least wasn’t aware if I did. Thank you Dr. V!

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